Employment Opportunity: Child & Youth Outreach Work - Art Specialist

Thank you to all those who applied.  This position has now been filled.


Temporary Part-time Employment Opportunity


North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Child & Youth Outreach Worker - Art Specialist 


An exciting opening for an Art Therapist to work with children and youth in Kaslo. Up to 21 hours per week September to June - for 3 years, subject to funding


As the Child and Youth Outreach Worker you will provide comprehensive evidence-based services for children and youth under the age of 19, and their parents and caregivers, residing in Kaslo and the surrounding area.  You will work closely with members of the counselling team, referring agencies and community partners.  Clinical supervision will be provided.


Preferred qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related social services field, with a Diploma in Art Therapy or a lesser degree with a combination of training and experience
  • Registered with CATA/BCATA.   
  • Demonstrated experience developing and conducting psycho-educational support groups for children, youth and/or their caregivers, including art therapy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and skills in assessment and treatment of children and youth who experience mental, emotional and behavioural problems.  
  • Demonstrated consultation and liaison skills with external agencies.  
  • Driver’s licence and access to a vehicle for work purposes.


Please email the Administrator at North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society with your resume and cover letter addressing the preferred qualifications to: administrator@nklcss.org.  


Wage starting at $24.64/hour. 


The position will remain open until July 31.  Only those shortlisted will be contacted.




Full Job Description

          Job title:                   Child and Youth Outreach Worker – Art Specialist

           Last updated:          July 2, 2019 

Job Summary:

The Worker provides individual and group counselling services for children and youth between 5 and 19 years of age residing in Kaslo and the surrounding area.  The Worker will be responsible for delivering early intervention and prevention programs, including counselling services, to individuals and in groups where appropriate.  They will be responsible for assessing the needs of children and adolescents, group readiness and the support needs of their parents and/or caregivers.   The Worker will communicate with and support parents by providing information about the services and resources available to them.    


The Worker is an employee of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society.  The Worker will work with the Executive Director and other program staff to plan and deliver the program.  All staff will adhere to policies developed by the NKLCSS Board and guidelines developed by the Executive Director.  


Reports to: NKLCSS Executive Director.


Key Duties & Responsibilities

The focus of this role is on prevention and early intervention.  


1.       Develops and conducts psycho-educational support groups for children, youth and/or their caregivers.  Develops and conducts support groups based on Art Therapy training.


2.       Provide counselling assessment, treatment and referral to children, youth, and families in Kaslo and the surrounding area. Uses Art Therapy according to level of training.


3.       Provides emotional and parenting support and referral services for parents.


4.       Develop and implement strategies for change on an individual and group basis as related to program objectives.


5.       Maintain accurate and relevant reporting to the Columbia Basin Trust, and keep complete client records for all casework, providing written reports as required.


6.       Attend case conferences and provide liaison and referrals.


7.       Provide follow up with clients and referral sources when appropriate.


8.       Respond to and/or refer crisis and life threatening situations immediately.


9.       Ensure confidentiality of all client-related and privileged agency information.


10.   Be available as a resource to the schools, hospital, mental health workers, public health nurses, doctors and Ministry of Children and Family Development social workers for ongoing assistance or referral.


11.   Work within a collaborative framework, participating in a team approach with other professionals, agency staff and members of the community, including participation on the local Child/Youth/Family Interagency Committee.


12.   Determine community-based program priorities in consultation with the Executive Director to monitor and adjust services to community needs.


13.   Function as part of the Counselling team of North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society.


14.   This position shall meet the spirit and intent of the Contract between North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society and the Columbia Basin Trust.


Education, Training and Experience:


•         The Worker will have completed a Bachelor’s degree in a related human/social service field plus an Art Therapy graduate Diploma Program, or a comparable combination of education and experience. Experience or training in working with complex family dynamics is required.  A client centred approach is necessary and therapeutic experience including art therapy is desired. 


Conditions Of Employment:  

•         Satisfactory Criminal Record Check.

•         Must have a valid First Aid Certificate 

•         Registered with CATA/BCATA.